Corinne (Pinkerton) Sierzant, ’01
Corinne interned with the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Philadelphia for a summer. While there, she worked with a group of people who were in charge of distributing information like the Consumer Price Index, Producer Price Index, employment rates, employment costs, and labor productivity. Through this internship, Corinne learned how economic indicators are calculated, what they mean, and what they can be used for. She used this internship as an opportunity to improve her writing and speaking skills. To this day, she uses knowledge she gained from this internship, especially what she learned about inflationary impacts. After interning with the Bureau of Labor Statistics for a summer, the following summer she was employed there. They expressed interest in giving her a job opportunity after graduation, but she opted to go on to graduate school.
Corinne says that her economics background has helped with her career in many ways. She says “economics has allowed me to obtain my dream career – working in the environmental field as an economist.” She worked for six and a half years as an economist for two different federal agencies. Corinne worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Both of these jobs had a requirement of a BA in economics and preferred an MA in economics as well. While at NMFS, Corinne analyzed the economic impacts of regulations related to the fishing industry and the protection of endangered species. At AMS, she modeled and forecast the supply, demand, prices, and other variables, both nationally and internationally, for products in the dairy market.
Corinne says “I use knowledge obtained from coursework at La Salle in my work on a regular basis. Prior to working as an economist, I worked in the land planning field for two years, which shows there are other careers you can achieve with a degree in economics.”
In addition to earning a MS degree in Resource Administration and Management from the University of New Hampshire in 2003, Corinne took night classes while working for the National Marine Fisheries Service and earned a MA degree in Economics from California State University in 2008. She also taught an introduction to macroeconomics course at Arcadia University in 2011.
“I really enjoyed my time at La Salle. I made a lot of great lifelong friends, with whom I still keep in touch. Also I am extremely glad I was a part of the economics program. The department is small, so it is easy to know all of the students in the program, and all of the professors know you by name, whether you are in their class or not. I also respected all of the economics professors, because they set high standards for their students. They want their students to actually learn something that will stay with them as opposed to sliding through a class and not gaining anything. Also, the professors have been great since college with providing guidance and recommendations, etc. Overall, going to La Salle and majoring in economics was a wonderful experience.
All of the faculty members are outstanding, to cite a few: I had Dr. Paulin for Econometrics and enjoyed that course. I’ve since had grad level econometrics courses and have used econometrics for my job. I took two international economics courses with Dr. Mshomba. Those classes were interesting and insightful, and I think having a professor as internationally-aware as Dr. Mshomba allows the students to gain a different perspective on international issues. Dr. Robison was my advisor, and I took a few courses with him (micro and environmental). He relates class material very well and provided real world examples, which I think students always appreciate. He also was very helpful in suggesting what classes would prepare me for graduate school and has provided me post-college guidance, for which I am grateful.”